Friday, October 31, 2014

Adam Giambrone speaks on Gulen Movement (Hizmet) – Fethullah Gulen

Adam Giambrone

Adam Giambrone (born March 8, 1977) is a Canadian politician who was a Toronto City Councillor, representing the southern of two Davenport wards. Elected at 26, he remained the youngest member of Toronto council after re-election. He is also a former president of the federal New Democratic Party. He was the 2008 recipient of Now Magazine’s “Best City Politician” award.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yet another “terrorist organization” delusion

One of the main topics of the country’s agenda last week was an order sent by the Bureau of Crimes against the Constitutional Order at the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office to the police departments of 30 provinces.
The media coverage of this order created a great deal of debate in the country. Many people, including retired judges and prosecutors, lawyers, columnists and intellectuals, as well as civil society organizations, have reacted to the order. Deputies with legal expertise made remarks criticizing it. Atilla Kart, a member of Parliament’s Constitution Commission, said this order aims to “create terror suspects.” Sezgin Tanrıkulu declared that the instruction is “an unlawful order” and that it should be returned without being implemented. Oktay Vural described it as an effort to “declare people who engage in benevolent or educational activities as [members of] a terrorist organization.” The main thesis of these reactions and debate was: The order in question seeks to create an armed terrorist organization out of a civilian community.

New Turkey: A republic of fabricated crimes

This is not the first time Turkey is watching this movie. The people have seen it many times before. Five decades ago, many false reports alleging that students were murdered and cut into many pieces were made.
The reports were a deliberate act of the military junta that took power in the aftermath of the May 27, 1960 coup and part of a plan to imprison the members of the Democrat Party (DP) through methods of psychological warfare. Likewise, newspapers ran headlines such as, “Fethullah’s death commandos,” “Reactionary movements are more dangerous than PKK,” during the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup process. And now, a “coup investigation” has been initiated against the Hizmet movement after the publication of numerous false reports. The methods used in the past to topple governments are now being implemented by the political administration to eliminate the Hizmet movement. While the goal is different, the method employed is the same. Illegality is the common feature in both instances. Given that even flawed judicial processes need to rely on basic legal principles, it becomes evident that the

Hizmet without borders

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Even for perpetual pessimists, it was impossible not to hope for a world where peaceful coexistence can exist while watching the finale of the 12th Language and Culture Festival, previously known as the Turkish Olympiads, in Germany.
It naturally sounds odd that the Turkish Olympiads took place in Germany. But some are familiar with the Turkish government’s efforts to obstruct the activities of the Hizmet movement — which means “service” movement and was inspired by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. Nothing more than a one-man show, the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the Hizmet movement for anything that goes wrong in Turkey without any concrete evidence. It is not surprising that his petty followers have followed suit and taken his instructions to deal with the Hizmet as if they were orders. Consequently, Erdoğan “succeeded” in preventing the Turkish Olympiads from taking place in Turkey mainly by not granting visas to the foreign students who were expected to come to Turkey for the Olympiads.

Fethullah Gülen’s message for the iftar dinner by the Journalists and Writers Foundation


Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who is also honorrary president of the GYV, delivered a message for the iftar dinner:
June 2, 2014, Pennsylvania
The message for the Iftar Dinner of The Journalists and Writers Foundation-2014
Valuable president, his colleagues at the Foundation, distinguished representatives of intellectual, political, art and business worlds…dear guests, the pioneers of philanthropy and altruism.
If you allow me I will address the audience as “we” counting myself in: We, while embracing our faith most sincerely on the one hand, accepted and respected the presence of other religious traditions and philosophies as the reality of life and started our journey saying “accept everyone for who they are and show respect”. Following this principle, we never looked down or offended anyone on the basis of racial, religious, secterian or ideological orientation and always looked for ways of peaceful coexistence and getting together on beautiful humanitarian grounds.

Inability to generate values


Those who cannot generate values will consume up existing ones. This is because generating values is a demanding task which requires profound contemplation. In addition, it entails labor and endeavor. Even this is not enough, as the process of generating values also calls for individuals who would not easily give up when faced with tests and ordeals, and who are not dissuaded by reprimands coming from the people. Short-sighted people cannot see the call of the colorful rainbow on the horizon.
The choices for value-consumers are obvious: They will be remembered either as spendthrifts who waste everything at hand or as the sons of thieves jealous of value-generators and whose reason is clouded by anger.

Fethullah Gülen’s lawyer denies any link with bugging probe suspect


Fethullah Gülen’s lawyer has denied that the Turkish Islamic scholar has any links with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s former chief bodyguard, who was detained in an investigation into covert listening devices found in the prime minister’s office in 2012.
The lawyer, Nurullah Albayrak, said that pro-government circles are disseminating the slanderous claims as part of an anti-Hizmet movement propaganda campaign.
Albayrak released a written statement on responding to claims in media outlets close to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government suggesting that Gülen was linked to the detained bodyguard, saying the stories are run with juxtaposed photographs of the men. Calling the reports slander, Albayrak said: “A group of media outlets that declared my client Fethullah Gülen guilty without a trial months ago continue their slander over the bugging investigation of June 17, 2014. The attempts to link a team of Prime Ministry bodyguards — one of the most prestigious units of the state — with my client is Wednesday either lawful nor ethical.”

The tragic end of the witch hunt


How could government yes-men do nothing when the prime minister of a country launches a witch hunt? Naturally, yes-men and low-caliber meddlers sprang up after the prime minister launched the witch hunt.
Moreover, some of these yes-men and meddlers are presenting themselves as journalists and politicians. In such times, some people voice baseless accusations about their rivals in order to eliminate them. The only thing that is obvious is that those who unconditionally obey, fawn before and flatter the powerful can label anyone a “witch” and “hunt” innocent people to earn favor. The result? In fact, the result of this action is obvious, because the results of witch hunts have never changed throughout history. Unfounded accusations and lies hurled at the outermost circle of society gradually close in on the innermost circle, and the chaotic environment engendered by the witch hunt deeply wounds the collective conscience.

A legal guidebook for ‘perception engineers’


The campaign to manipulate public perceptions of Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement which is inspired by Gülen’s ideas is stepping up pace once again. The “wag-the-dog” strategy is wielded once again in an effort to distract public attention.
The fact that the circles looking to manipulate perceptions of the movement parrot the same old arguments indicates that they lack any strong evidence to support their case. The funny thing is that the illusion show betrays the perception engineers’ sheer lack of knowledge about laws. Another absurdity is that they rely on some prosecutors for their scandalous moves or claims about the implementation of laws. They ridiculously suggest that experienced prosecutors make technical errors even first-year law school students wouldn’t make. Government newspapers have for a long time paid no heed to professional ethics. However, I am not inclined to believe that prosecutors do not know or care about written legal texts. So it is best to believe that such simple mistakes are made by journalists.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Love is a Verb

“Love is a Verb” is a documentary film by Terry Spencer Hesser documenting people living the idea of love is a verb through their work in “Hizmet”, a social movement inspired by Islamic scholar and teacher, Fethullah Gulen.
The movie premiere will be on Thursday May 29th, 2014 at Scotiabank Theatre.
Tickets can be gathered at

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Life, Human Character and Virtue by Fethullah Gulen – 3

Life, Human Character and Virtue by Fethullah Gulen From Pearls of Wisdom

Good morals and sound conscience, and good manners and virtues, are like a currency universally acceptable and which is not affected by changes in the values of other means of exchange. Those provided with such qualities are like merchants with the highest credit who can do business wherever they want.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gulen Conference Melbourne|From Dialogue to Collaboration: The Vision of Fethullah Gülen and Muslim-Christian Relations

Gulen Conference Melbourne|From Dialogue to Collaboration: The Vision of Fethullah Gülen and Muslim-Christian Relations

2009 Gulen Conference Melbourne

From Dialogue to Collaboration: The Vision of Fethullah Gulen and Muslim-Christian Relations

July 15-16, 2009 Australian Catholic University in Melbourne
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Fethullah Gulen: Powerful but reclusive Turkish cleric

Fethullah Gulen BBC Interview

Fethullah Gulen has been called Turkey’s second most powerful man. He is also a recluse, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US.

An apparent power struggle between his followers and those around the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reached a new pitch of intensity and loathing.

Since arriving in the US in the late 1990s, Mr Gulen, 74, has not given a single broadcast interview. What rare communication there has been with the media has almost exclusively been conducted via email.
But now, the BBC has had exclusive access to the Muslim cleric. I travelled with Guney Yildiz from the BBC Turkish Service to a remote part of Pennsylvania to meet the man.

In the interview, Mr Gulen denied using his influence to start investigations into alleged corruption among senior members of Mr Erdogan’s AK Party which have led to a number of police commissioners being sacked and to some of Mr Erdogan’s allies being arrested.


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Last week I visited Canada to speak at a panel on Turkey in Ottawa and give a lecture on Turkey-EU relations at the Munk School for Global Affairs in Toronto. The panel was part of the first Turkic-Canadian Convention intended to boost economic and cultural relations between Canada and Turkey. The convention was organized by the Anatolian Heritage Federation and was also attended by five members of the Turkish Parliament from the three major parties.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday that Turkey would officially request that the United States extradite Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher in Pennsylvania whose network of followers has been accused of trying to undercut Mr. Erdogan’s government through a corruption scandal.

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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was awarded the Fethullah Gülen Peace and Dialogue Award during the seventh annual Ubuntu Lecture and Dialogue Awards ceremony held in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.
The awards were organized by the Turquoise Harmony Institute, a dialogue center inspired by the prominent Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen to promote mutual understanding and exchange between people from different cultures and religions.
Archbishop Tutu accepted his award from Hüseyin Hurmalı of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), of which Gülen is the honorary chairman. Holding a speech after he received his award, Tutu said: “Wonderful thing to have a complexion like mine; you don’t realize when I am blushing. Adam could not be fully human on his own. We are programmed to be interdependent. I learn how to walk like a human being by imitating other human beings. We are fundamentally made for complementarity. A person is a person by other persons. To harm other is to harm oneself. ”


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Life, Human Character and Virtue by Fethullah Gulen – 2

Life, Human Character and Virtue by Fethullah Gulen From Pearls of Wisdom

One of the most important ways to conquer the hearts of people is that one always seeks an opportunity to do others good and once such an opportunity appears, makes use of it without delay. If only we could set our hearts on always doing good to others!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review of the article “Holy Days” written by Fethullah Gulen

In 97th Issue of the bi-monthly magazine Fountain, which is dedicated to spiritual, scientific and literary thought, the leading article was about Holy days. As in every issue of the magazine, the leading article was written by Fethullah Gulen, who is Turkish Islamic scholar and inspirational source of movement known as Hizmet. In this beautifully written, emotional and thought-provoking article Fethullah Gulen reflected on the essence and meaning of Holy days and, elaborating on individual and communal effects, shared his personal feelings about these special days.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hizmet says has been demonized, rejects ‘slanders’ as unacceptable

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), whose honorary chairman is Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, protested against recent rhetoric employed by the Turkish government and its supporters in a forceful statement it released on Wednesday, claiming that the Hizmet movement has been “demonized” and challenged those who target Hizmet to prove their “slanders.”

Very bad things are happening

Prominent figures, including the prime minister, have placed the Hizmet movement under the spotlight in election campaigns. The prime minister hurls grave insults, details of which I cannot repeat here. He also makes strong accusations as though there has been a judicial decision or conviction. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, defining it as a parallel state, gravely insults the Hizmet movement and Fethullah Gülen.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Muslim Martin Luther?

Fethullah Gulen Attempts an Islamic Reformation

In a video posted on his Web site last December, the Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen called on God to curse Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen, who has lived in exile in the United States since 1999, declared in a sermon broadcast on Turkish television, “Those who don’t see the thief but go after those trying to catch the thief: may God bring fire to their houses, ruin their homes, break their unities.” This went far beyond the normally secular bounds of political debate in Turkey.

Tunisia was able to make constitution because of concessions of all parties

A Tunisian politician from the Islamist Ennahda Party said in İstanbul on Tuesday that his country was able to agree on a constitution thanks to concessions from all parties and a policy of political consensus, as he noted that all in the Arab world are tested by power.

'Portraying Hizmet against settlement process groundless'

Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) Vice President Cemal Uşak traveled every inch of Central Anatolia as part of the Wise People Commission for two-and-a-half months last spring to hold meetings with locals in order to listen to their demands and opinions related to the government's settlement initiative with the Kurds.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Hizmet movement and external forces

When a respectable theologian recently said, “The problem is whether these entities [religious communities] will knowingly or unknowingly become part of the intervention with Turkey,” this made explicit what has long been implicitly purported in recent debates.

You cannot explain it!

An elderly man approached me as I was walking out of the mosque. He recognized me; apparently, he wanted to tell me something. He said, “I have been voting for these people for almost two decades; but I now feel disappointed.” I tried to calm him down, but he continued, “Who has the right to insult an Islamic scholar so arrogantly?”

Saturday, February 15, 2014

EP discusses transparency call for Hizmet

A European Parliament (EP) committee discussed on Wednesday a proposal, calling on the Hizmet movement to increase transparency, a call backed by the movement.

The proposal has been tabled as a proposed amendment to an annual report on EU candidate Turkey, drafted by Dutch Christian Democrat Ria Oomen-Ruijten. The measure, known as the 87th amendment proposal, was taken up at the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Fethullah Gülen in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world's most densely populated Muslim country, and in many respects has the potential to become one of the leading countries in the world.

I have been living here for several years and, during this time, I have witnessed numerous intellectuals, scholars, opinion formers, community leaders and academics nurture and express favorable opinions about Fethullah Gülen, a well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar. Many of them haven't seen Gülen in person, but have read or listened to his translated works or sermons, and even limited exposure to Gülen's views has been enough to develop admiration for him.

Turkey's Fading Democracy

Not long ago, Turkey was considered a model of constitutional democracy in the Middle East. For this reason, President Obama chose Turkey as his first majority-Muslim destination. But this 90-year old democracy is now facing a major crisis. Four corruption investigations that touched the sons of three ministers and the prime minister have sparked massive government reaction, led to the collapse of rule of law and significantly undermined the foundations of Turkish democracy.

The preacher shaking up Turkey — from America

SAYLORSBURG, PA.—Fethullah Gulen, a frail 75-year-old Islamic preacher with a gift for oratory, leads an ascetic life in a 10-hectare compound tucked into rolling farmland and woods here, far from the political crisis and international intrigue he is accused of instigating in his native Turkey.

Aides say Gulen stays in a small apartment atop a modern three-storey house, one of 10 buildings on the bucolic property. He has gone out the front gate, past the stately oak and cedar trees, only a few times since he moved here in 1999 just ahead of a treason charge back in Turkey.

Religious Affairs Directorate's sphere of authority should be redefined

Turkey's political agenda has become extremely complicated in the aftermath of the corruption operation and probe that started on Dec. 17. This state of complicated affairs negatively affects economic indicators as well as the political situation in the country.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Opposition warns president not to ignore interference into judiciary

Turkey’s opposition has endorsed the Journalists and Writers Foundation’s (GYV) call on President Abdullah Gül to take the initiative in investigating the executive branch’s recent attempts to render the judiciary dysfunctional.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman and spokesperson Haluk Koç said it is simply not acceptable for the president to do nothing while the rule of law is being dealt a grave blow.

Former MPP Ruprecht: Gulen Movement (Hizmet) has no secret agenda

Does Gulen Movement have any secret agenda?

Tony Ruprecht, who served as a member of Ontario Provincial Parliament in Canadauntil 2011 for more than 30 years, received an award from German Government. The award was presented to Mr. Ruprecht by Walter Stechel, the Consul General of Germany in Toronto, at Mr. Stechel’s residence. During his speech at the awards ceremony, Mr. Ruprecht commended the work of Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) and the Hizmet Movement. He emphasized the good work of IDI and emphasized the fact that they were the only group of people in this whole political career, who has been friends with him and never asked for something. Referring to the latest controversy in Turkey, Mr. Ruprecht stated that Hizmet Movement has chosen itself a path for the common good of humanity and it has no secret agenda.

Turkey’s graft investigation and PM Erdoğan’s response

corruption in turkey

Turkey is passing through interesting times. Very recently the country has been shaken by two corruption investigations involving ministers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). The related investigations heralded the final parting of the ways between two strong players in Turkey: the AK Party and the Hizmet movement (a faith-inspired community affiliated with the now US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen). Once allies against military tutelage and staunch secularist elite control of power centers in the country, recent events and the Turkish prime minister’s response demonstrate the differing views and positions of both sides.